The University of South Dakota welcomed undergraduate and graduate students representing eight colleges and universities during its Student History Conference in late April.
Keynote speakers for the event included University of Minnesota Humanities Department Chair Timothy Brennan and University of Virginia associate professor of Religious Studies L. Stephanie Cobb.
This 51st annual conference allows students and members of the public to share and experience historical research. Students who presented were required to be nominated by a professor based on the quality of their research and how their respective projects and papers would benefit continued study in the field.
“This provides significant exposure to students interested in research and gives them an opportunity to present a paper that they have done exceptional work on,” conference organizer Kylie Stevens said. “I hope, as any historian hopes, that this conference opens up the minds of the listeners. These students represent the future historians that will shape how history will be understood.”
Other institutions represented were Southwest Minnesota State, Wayne State, Augusta, Northern State, Morningside and Mount Mary.
This conference was also supported by the USD College of Arts and Sciences and was sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta.